Most people pick up a pen and start using it. Modern manufacturing has produced a plethora of inexpensive, disposable ballpoint pens. Most people use them, without thinking about it. But, there are many options for the type of your next handcrafted pen. Here are the three most popular types of pens in use today.
Clearly, the workhorse of the pen world is the ballpoint pen. So ubiquitous is this type of pen, that many people do not even know that there are other options! Which is a shame, as each type of pen has its strength and weakness. Ballpoint pens are great for when you need:
Rollerball pens combine the tip of a ballpoint pen with a type of ink that flows easily. Where ballpoint pens use an ink that essentially sits on top of the paper, the ink in a rollerball pen flows onto and into the paper, soaking into the fibers. This makes a more permanent mark, and leaves the user with a smooth writing experience with little effort. These pens are great for when you:
A fountain pen evokes the memory of the type of pen used hundreds of years ago, where the pen tip was dipped into ink. Although these pens are still had by enthusiasts, modern fountain pens use ink cartridges, so they combine the convenience of the modern dye-based inks with the smooth writing experience of the nib. Read morea about the history of fountain pens. These pens are great when:
No matter which type of pen you choose, select one that uses quality materials and workmanship. You won't be disappointed with a high-quality handmade pen.